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BOARD OF TRUSTEES 



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WAR MEMORIAL 



OF SAN FRANCISCO 




PRESIDENT'S 

ANNUAL REPORT 



1947 



ANNUAL REPORT 

OF THE 

PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

OF THE 

WAR MEMORIAL 

OF 
SAN FRANCISCO 



January 8, 1948 



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CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO 



ELMER E. ROBINSON 

Mayor 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

OF THE 

WAR MEMORIAL OF SAN FRANCISCO 



Daniel S. Hewitt, President 

D. Lyle Ghirardelli, Vice President 

Ben Baggenstos** 

Sidney M. Ehrman 

Frank A Flynn* 

Wilbur A. Henderson 

Milton W. Kletter*** 

Charles B. Kleupfer 

Guido J. Musto 

Richard H. Newhall 

Ralph J. A. Stern 

*Confirmcd January 6, 1947 vice himself 
**Confirmed January 6, 1947 vice Alvin Gerlack 
***Confirmed January 6, 1947 vice Walter Leonetti 



WAR MEMORIAL STAFF 

Edward J. Sharkey, Managing Director 
E. Lawrence George, Secretary to the Board 



San Francisco, California 
January 8, 1948 

To the Honorable Elmer E. Robinson 
Mayor City and County of San Francisco 
and to the Board of Trustees of the 
War Memorial of San Francisco 

Gentlemen, 

The following is my report as President of the Board of 
Trustees of the War Memorial of San Francisco for the year 
1947. 

I consider it an honor to have been privileged to serve 
as President of this Board and it has given me a great deal 
of pleasure to have been of service to our beloved City of 
San Francisco in helping in this way to carry on the purposes 
of the War Memorial, which are, to honor the memory of 
the soldiers, sailors, marines, and others who brought im- 
perishable glory to San Francisco by their splendid contribu- 
tions to the winning of the wars of our Country, and to give 
to the citizens of San Francisco a place for the enjoyment of 
the arts, music, and opera. 

The War Memorial of San Francisco consists of two 
buildings, the Veterans' Building, and the Opera House, and 
was first conceived in 1918 by several groups of patriotic 
citizens who collected by public subscription, the sum of two 
and one half millions of dollars, which sum was subsequently 
increased to six and one half millions of dollars by money 
derived from bond issues. The fund was then placed in a 
trust to be managed by the Board of Trustees of the War 
Memorial of San Francisco which consists of eleven members 
appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the 
Board of Supervisors, for terms of six years. 

The Deed of Trust names the following organizations 
as direct beneficiaries, the San Francisco Posts of the Ameri- 
can Legion, the San Francisco Art Association, and the Mu- 
sical Association of San Francisco. There are certain require- 



ments and limitations in the Trust that is the duty of the 
Board of Trustees to carry out. 

The Executive Staff of the Board of Trustees consists of 
Mr. Edward Sharkey, Managing Director; Mr. E. Lawrence 
George, Secretary, and one clerk. Mr. Sharkey has made 
himself invaluable by becoming familiar with the operations 
of these buildings and with similar buildings in other cities. 
Mr. George has been Secretary of the Board for about eight- 
een months and carries on his work in an excellent manner, 
also assisting the Managing Director at various times. The 
position of Managing Director is a very trying one, it is a 
position carrying a tremendous responsibility, a large amount 
of Public Relations work and due to the bookings at night, 
Sundays and on holidays entails long hours. The Managing 
Director is not only responsible for the maintenance of the 
buildings, but is also charged with the makings of Opera 
House bookings, he has the responsibility of assuring the 
highest type of musical presentations and other type of pro- 
grams, and is charged with the proper operations of the 
Opera House during these programs. He has proved invalu- 
able to the Board cf Trustees, and carries out his various 
tasks in a most capable and efficient manner, the War Mem- 
orial and the City of San Francisco are fortunate in having 
Mr. Sharkey as Director. The clerk has only recently been 
appointed and it is hoped that she remain in the office as 
she appears very capable and is doing her work in a satis- 
factory manner. Due to the increased office work a second 
clerk is urgently needed. 

The Veterans' Building, and the Opera House were used 
by the United Nations Conference on International Organi- 
zation during the period of April 25, 1945 to June 26, 1945, 
and in commemoration of this historical event the United 
States Department of State presented to the City and County 
of San Francisco two bronze plaques which were placed in 
the respective buildings and unveiled on December 30, 1947, 
in the presence of many of the consular representatives of the 
fifty Nations participating in the conference, and other dis- 
tinguished citizens and dignitaries. 



VETERANS' BUILDING 

Because of the creation of so many new veteran organi- 
zations and posts resulting from World War II, the Veterans' 
Building is very much overcrowded and many posts and 
patriotic organizations are meeting in rented quarters. Ap- 
proximately three hundred veteran and patriotic organiza- 
tions regularly meet in this building. They include Posts of 
the American Legion, and Auxiliary; Daughters of the Amer- 
ican Revolution; The United Spanish War Veterans, and 
Auxiliary; The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United 
States, and Auxiliary; The Military Order of the Purple 
Heart, and Auxiliary; The Disabled American Veterans; The 
Gold Star Mothers; The Sons of the American Legion; The 
Sons of Spanish American War Veterans; Daughters of '98, 
and many others. The number of people using the Veterans' 
Building during the past year has been estimated at over 
seven hundred thousand. 

A great many suggestions have been heard that a move- 
ment be started for the erection of an addition to the Veterans' 
Building along the same architectural lines as the present 
building, on land to be acquired by the City, on the west 
side of Franklin Street, between Grove and McAllister Streets. 
This building could be so designed that it could be utilized 
by the Veterans and other patriotic groups, as well as other 
City offices and Courts. 

The first three floors of the Veterans' Building are oc- 
cupied and used exclusively by the Veterans and other pa- 
triotic organizations. On the first floor is located the auditor- 
ium, with a seating capacity of approximately eleven hundred, 
which in addition to its use by Veterans, is at times avail- 
able for rent to other organizations for dances, shews, etc. 
Also on the first floor are located the headquarters and offices 
of the various veteran organizations, and the administrative 
office of the Board of Trustees. With the exception of the 
club rooms, and the beautiful Green Room, utilized as a li- 
brary, and writing room, on the second floor, the second and 
third floors are given over to meeting halls. 

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SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART 

The fourth floor of the Veterans' Building is entirely used 
by the San Francisco Museum of Art for the display and 
exhibition of fine paintings, statuary, and other objects of art, 
and for the maintenance of an Art Gallery and Museum of 
Fine Arts. 

Many exhibitions were held during the year and the 
efforts of the San Francisco Museum of Art were greatly 
appreciated by the general public as evidenced by the thou- 
sands of people who visited the Museum. 

There has been appropriated by the Board of Super- 
visors, the sum of $132,000.00 for the purpose of renovating 
and making various additions and structual changes in the 
Art Museum section of the building which will increase the 
facilities. 

OPERA HOUSE 

The people of San Francisco are more and more realizing 
that we have the most magnificent and beautiful opera house 
in the United States and that it has become the center of 
musical activities of the Pacific Coast, if not of the Nation, 
where can be seen and heard practically all of the leacfcng 
artists of the World. The bookings have increased from thirty 
in 1933 to two hundred and forty-six in 1947. The revenues 
have increased during the same period from $24,846.75 to 
$113,902.48 as shown elsewhere in this report. 

This is due primarily to the care exercised in the selection 
of bookings, and to the good work of the San Francisco Opera 
Association, Gaetano Merola, General Director, which has 
just completed twenty five years of opera in San Francisco, 
and the Musical Association of San Francisco, Lenora Wood 
Armsby, President and Managing Director, which gives us 
those wonderful symphony concerts by the San Francisco 
Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux, Conductor. 

The opera house bookings during the past year, which 
were an increase over prior year, included: Grand Opera 



Performances; Symphony Concerts; Concerts; Ballet Perfor- 
mances; San Carlo Opera Company Performances; Miscel- 
laneous. 



MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS 

Recovering of all awnings on War Memorial Opera 
House and Veterans' Building. 

Repair of fire system water tanks. 

Cleaning of all gild ornamentation, ceiling and walls of 
Opera House Theatre and Foyer. 

Installation of signs above entrance of offices on first 
floor of Veterans' Building. 

Alterations in room 104 and 106 of Veterans' Building. 

Installation of fluorescent lights in various rooms of the 
Veterans' Building. 

Alterations to entrance between kitchen and room 1 in 
basement of Veterans' Building. 

Alterations to San Francisco Museum of Art, fourth floor, 
Veterans' Building. 

Cleaning and repairing of drapes in various sections of 
the Opera House. 

Repair various sections of roof of Opera House. 

Repair of miscellaneous furniture in Opera House and 
Veterans' Building. 



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FINANCES 



Following is a table of receipts from 1932 to 1917. and 
a statement of cash receipts and disbursements for the Fiscal 
year 1946-1947. Also a list of securities held in the Panama- 
Pacific International Exposition Fellow ship Trust Fund for a 
scholarship or aid of a student in the University of California. 



1932-33 
1933-34 
1934-35 
1935-36 
1936-37 
1937-38 
1938-39 
1939-40 
1940-41 
1941 -42 
1942-43 
1943-44 
1944-45 
1945-46 
1946-47 



$ 24,846.75 
33,124.59 

41,689.84 
38,075.82 
42,081.30 
45,804.28 
40,313.87 
48,970.10 
50,862.74 
45,959.72 
47,010.07 
66,348.15 
97,854.03 
78,666.54 
113,902.48 



Respectfully submitted, 

DAN S. HEWITT 

President 



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STATEMENT OF CASH RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS 
FISCAL YEAR 1946-47 

Opera Veterans' Art 

Revenues: Total House Building Museum 

Basic Rentals $ 92,911.39 $ 92,911.39 

Percent, Above Basic 9,640.92 9.640.92 

Rehearsals 50.00 50.00 

Office Rentals 2.400.00 2,400.00 

Concessions 3,481.20 3,481.20 

Vending Machines . 70.49 40.58 $ 29.91 

Service Charges .... 4,955.00 4,955.00 

Fixed Charges 100.00 $ 100.00 

Miscellaneous 293.48 293.48 



Total Revenues . . . 


$113,902.48 


$108,817.57 


$ 4,984.91 


$ 100.00 


Expenditures: 










Permanent Salaries 


$113,150.45 


$ 45,196.92 


$56,741.14 


$11,212.39 


Overtime 


12,145.05 


8,020.73 


4,124.32 




Temporary Salaries. 


8,446.43 


5,134.19 


2,708.19 


604.05 


Wages 


23,397.27 


18,719.75 


4,677.52 




Contractual Services 


4,810.24 


3,060.20 


1,750.04 




Heat, Light & Power 


23,363.30 


9,852.70 


6,707.66 


6,802.94 


Materials & Supplies 


5,943.78 


3,041.70 


2,540.75 


361.33 


Bldg. Improvements 


798.36 




798.36 




Pub. Lia. Ins. Prem. 


1,644.82 


772.41 


772.41 


100.00 


Services, other depts. 


7,996.07 


2,628.97 


5,367.10 




Res. Fund Expend. . 


3,245.87 


1,622.93 


1.622.94 




Scavenger Services . 


607.56 


303.78 


303.78 




Aux. Fire Alarm Ser. 


780.00 


528.00 


252.00 




Total Expenditures 


$206,329.20 


$ 98,882.28 


$88,366.21 


$19,080.71 


Expenditures Exceed 
Revenues 


1 

$ 92.426.72 


$187,248.49 

$83,381.30 


$18,980.71 


Revenues Exceed 
Expenditures 




$ 9,935.29 







$73,446.01 
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APPENDIX 

PANAMA - PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL ENPOSITION 
MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP TRUST BOND HOLDINGS 



Bond No. Name on Bonds Int. Rate 

1772 So. Pacific - S. F. Terminal. 4 f f 

2278 So. Pacific- S. F. Terminal. 4 f r 

7305 City of New York 3 : 2 f c 

1 1 1 City of New York ■ _ ' , 

80701 Central Pacific Rwy. Co.. . 4 ( r 

7407 No. Indiana Pub. Serv. Co. 3 : * % 

7408 No. Indiana Pub. Sen-. Co. 3-^r 

L-M3209 Pacific Gas & Elec. Co 3 f r 

L-M3210 Pacific Gas & Elec. Co 3 r c 

L-M3211 Pacific Gas & Elec. Co 3 ( r 

L-M3212 Pacific Gas & Elec. Co 3 f r 

L-M3213 Pacific Gas & Elec. Co 3 <c 

TM26-024 Southwestern Tel. Co iy A % 

TM26-025 Southwestern Tel. Co iy A % 

TM26-026 Southwestern Tel. Co 2#% 

TM26-027 Southwestern Tel. Co 1V A % 



Maturity 


Par Value 


4 1 50 


1.000.00 


4/1/50 


LOOO.OO 


5/1/54 


750.00 


5/1/54 


250.00 


8/1/49 


1 .000.00 


8/1/73 


1.000.00 


8/1/73 


1.000.00 


6/1/74 


1 .000.00 


6/1/74 


1 .000.00 


6/1/74 


1 .000.00 


6/1/74 


1.000.00 


6/1/74 


1.000.00 


10/1/85 


1.000.00 


10/1/85 


1.000.00 


10/1/85 


1.000.00 


10/1/85 


1.000.00 




$15,000.00 



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